Beth Krippel's blog

Judge the book by its cover?

Crown of ShadowsYou know what your reading mentors said, whether that was a teacher, parent, friend, or other - "Don't judge a book by its cover."  We do it though.  Hey, I'll admit I do it.  Give me a catchy cover, and I'm likely going to pick up the book if I've never heard of the author before.  Well, in the realm of SF, fancy covers and their creators have a life of their own.  Iconic images of Stephen King's Gunslinger or Michael Moorcock's Elric were crafted by artist Michael Whelan.  What about Bob Eggleton's dramatic draconic images for Harry Turtledove's alternate history World War II series?  Artists that resonate in the SF community, Todd Lockwood, Shaun Tan, Jody A.

Congratulations to Atascocita ReaderNation 2009 Winner!

Congratulations to Heidi Thompson, the Atascocita Branch winner of the 2009 Adult Summer Reading Program. Her name was drawn at random from the Atascocita Branch SRP participants.

Addicted to the BBC

From comedy to costumed dramas, the BBC has an exemplary catalog of fantastic film. BBC mysteries are some of my particular favorites (okay, after the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice) with such series as Inspector Lynley Mysteries and

Scope of Speculative Fiction

Extraordinary EnginesSpeculative Fiction (SciFi/Fantasy) has often taken the possible and impossible to explore new worlds or our world in alternate times or histories. Within that larger genre are many subgenres. Amy Goldschlager (Avon/EOS) provided an explanation of several of the different subgenres in 1997. You can read her listing here.

Atascocita Writers' Group

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E. L. Doctorow

Based on both the online and paper surveys, the verdict is for Mondays at 2:00 PM.  The first meeting of the Atascocita Writers' Group will be Monday, September 14.  All writers ages 18 and over are welcome to join us as we begin this new exploration.  We'll establish how often we will meet and the basic running of the group as well as share resources.

It's not too late...

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo. – Don Marquis

2009 Hugo Award Winners

Presented at: Anticipation, Montréal, Quebec, August 6-10, 2009
    * Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
    * Best Novella: The Erdmann Nexus, Nancy Kress (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)
    * Best Novelette: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Mar 2008)
    * Best Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

You are Cordially Invited to Knit & Nosh

Knit and Nosh SocietyStarting in the Fall, Atascocita Branch Library will host a knitting group for all knitters ages 18 and over, beginners to advanced. While you learn and share the craft of knitting, you’ll enjoy wonderful treats, beverages, and society.  We would like to know when knitters wish to meet. Please take the survey below, or you can take a paper survey available at the Service Desk in the library.

 

Traipsing through Sherwood Forest

Adventures of Robin HoodWith the latest Robin Hood movie in production starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and being rather a Robin Hood groupie, I recall the time when the Kevin Costner Robin Hood came out and a local TV station where I lived at the time ran a poll asking people who their favorite Robin Hood was: Errol Flynn or Kevin Costner.  Of course, they left out plenty of other Robin Hoods as well.  Wh

Writers Group in the Works

Coming in the Fall Atascocita Branch Library will be offering a writers group for ages 18 and over.  This program will be one hour long offering writers support, sharing tips and tricks, looking at writers' resources, and much more! Click on this blog title to learn more.

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